Saturday, November 5, 2011

Long ER Wait Times NYC

Long Emergency Room Wait Times In NYC:

I wonder what William Rudin, Jo Hamilton, Brad Hoylman, and Christine Quinn have to say about this :

So, why are patients at New York’s hospitals suffering when it comes to ER wait times lasting well above the national average of four hours? For one, the city has lost seven hospitals since 2007, with two hospitals closing just last year: Harlem's North General Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greeenwich Village. Those closures displaced 96-thousand patients.

“Every time you have a closure it affects some place else. It’s the classical case of squeezing balloon here, and it pops up somewhere else,” explained Kenneth Raske, CEO of The Greater New York Hospital Association. He cited the weak economy as the single biggest reason for the long wait times; more people become uninsured, and more hospitals struggle financially.

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